Downtown Brighton Michigan Top 10 Reasons Why I Love It / Things to Do

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan

By: Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum, 6870 Grand River Ave, Brighton, MI  48114

I not only sell houses in Brighton, Michigan, but I live here as well, and can really appreciate all that downtown Brighton Michigan has to offer. 

These are the top 10 reasons why I love downtown Brighton, MI:

Free and Ample Parking – There is free parallel parking along Main Street and Grand River Ave. There are also plenty of free parking lots in downtown – including the one at City Hall (Brighton City parking lot) which is close to the Imagination Station.  

Imagination Station –  The kiddies will love to slide, climb, crawl and more at this huge 10,000 sq. ft. wooden playground.   Adults, guardians and parents will love that there is only one entrance/exit making it easier to watch the little ones. Please see photo below.

Imagination Station Brighton Michigan


Flowers- The beautiful and bountiful hanging flower baskets seen not just in downtown Brighton but up and down Grand River as you head out of the downtown area.   Please see photo below.

downtown Brighton Michigan

 Restaurants – There is a wide variety of restaurants in downtown Brighton including Japanese – Sagano, Italian – Ciao Amici and Buon Gusto, Stout Irish Pub, Bagger Dave’s Burgers and so many more that it is worthy of another blog post.  There are several restaurants where you can sit and eat outside.

Mill Pond – This is a great place to stroll, watch the waterfowl including geese and ducks – usually with baby ducklings and goslings – or just sit and relax.  You can take the boardwalk all the way from the Mill Pond to Grand River Ave near the Border Cantina Mexican restaurant – about one mile each way.  Along the way you can stop and admire the large turtles, otters and more aquatic life.  Please see photos below.

Mill Pond Downtown Brighton Michigan


Mill Pond Downtown Brighton Michigan Ducks

 Stores & shops Like restaurants there are a wide variety of stores and shops here in downtown Brighton, MI including a running store – Elite Feet, a bridal store – the White Dress, and a nature store – Wildernest.  Please see photo below.

 Stores in downtown Brighton Michigan

 Sidewalks and paths Throughout downtown Brighton and the Brighton area you will see lots of sidewalks and paths for walking, biking , pushing a stroller etc.  This helps to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Events – There is always something going on in downtown Brighton Michigan.  From the Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Fest in September- to concerts and art in the park, farmers market, Ladies' Night Out, holiday parades and more.

Dessert – A trip to downtown Brighton, Mi would not be complete without stopping at the Yum Yum Tree or Jack’s Custard for a special treat.

Real Estate – As a real estate agent I love the housing available for my buyers in the downtown Brighton, MI and surrounding areas.  There is affordable housing within walking distance of downtown Brighton. There is a great mix of homes from starter homes to historic homes available.  You can find lakefront homes available for sale on Brighton Lake.  Click here to search for homes for sale in the downtown Brighton, Michigan real estate market.  Search Brighton, MI Homes for Sale

Also, please feel free to read my blog post regarding one of the subdivisions near downtown Brighton: 

OakRidge Subdivision

BONUS (reason #11):  Downtown Brighton, Michigan is close to I-96 and US 23 Expressways making for an easy commute.  It is close to Island Lake State Park, Kensington, Hudson Mills and Huron Meadows Metroparks and my favorite Brighton Rec State Park.  Please read my latest blog post regarding Brighton Rec State Park where you can camp, swim, mountain bike, hike and ride a horse among other things.

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Paula McDonald
CHEVAUX Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

I love the feel of a "small town".  Spent many summers in Michigan.  Sure would love to be there right now.  We are having epic heat here with no end in sight.  I could use a cool Michigan evening.

Aug 31, 2012 03:28 PM #1
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Paula, thank you for your comment.  Actually it got as high as 94 today in Michigan!  However, yes, it is cooling off in the evenings here.  I'm glad you had the pleasure of summering in Michigan.  Yes, I would call Brighton "small town" - very friendly and community oriented.

Aug 31, 2012 05:00 PM #2
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda

Hi Paula,

Great photos and what a lovely area you live and work in. Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday.

Sep 03, 2012 12:46 PM #3
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Kristin, thank you so much for your kind words.  I am very fortunate to live and work here in Brighton, Michigan.

Sep 04, 2012 05:33 AM #4
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Christina, great localism post and really nice photos. It shows your passion for the area.

Sep 05, 2012 01:08 PM #5
Juniper Cooper
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Boise, ID
I will provide the services you need and expect.

Hi Christina,


        When I saw the hanging flowers. My jaw drop with a WOW! I really love flowers and it's a good thing that you have a free flower's every morning to smell. How I love the smell of fresh flowers in the morning. It's really beautiful. Your community is really nice. The place was clean and there's a lot of fresh flowers everywhere. Thanks for sharign this wonderful post. And thank you for such a refresher. Take care!


Best of luck with all your listings,


Sep 05, 2012 01:29 PM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Christina, Nice job highlighting what Brighton has to offer!

Sep 05, 2012 02:56 PM #7
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Sandy, thank you so much for reading my post on downtown Brighton, Michigan and kind words.

Juniper, yes, the flowers are so beautiful and makes the beautiful town of Brighton really stand out when you drive through or visit. I appreciate your taking the time to read it.

Liz and Bill, impressive words coming from the both of you.  Thank you!

Sep 05, 2012 05:46 PM #8
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Great Post - Super Pictures - Terrific Information - You made the area come alive.  Good for a localism post.

Sep 05, 2012 07:41 PM #9
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

Thanks for sharing some of the great things you enjoy about Brighton. My kids would love the 10,000 sq ft playground! 

Sep 06, 2012 05:24 AM #10
Amanda and Jared Christiansen
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Century 21 Bradley Realtors

Looks like a pretty cool place!  That's a huge playground!!                                                                                    

Sep 06, 2012 06:14 AM #11
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Debbie - Thank you so much!  Yes, I love downtown Brighton Michigan and everytime I drive, walk, run through it, no matter what time of day, there are always lots of people enjoying it. 

Brian and Christiansen Team - We are very lucky to have such a great playground here for the kids.  The kids love to fish off the boardwalk into the Mill Pond and feed the ducks too. Thank you for reading my post and commenting on it.

Sep 06, 2012 07:07 AM #12
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Christina, you have been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue!

                                           Travelers in the Rain!



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Apr 07, 2015 10:14 AM #13
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County

Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  sent me over  thanks for the tour !

Apr 07, 2015 10:17 AM #14
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Hannah, thank you for stopping by.  Please feel free to visit us in person.

Apr 18, 2015 04:59 AM #15
Christina Ehli
RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan - Brighton, MI
RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent

Gayle, I am honored to be featured in your Tuesday Travelogue.  Brighton, Michigan is such a wonderful town with friendly people and always something going on.  There is a strong sense of Community here.

Apr 18, 2015 05:03 AM #16
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